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Library Subject Guides

Politics and International Relations


Finding Resources

As a Politics and International Relations student, you are expected to find and use high quality literature. You'll need to use a range of different sources and demonstrate your ability to find good results in order to impress your tutors and to develop your research skills.


Books can be a great place to start your reading around a topic.

Politics and International Relations books are located in the H and HB sections on the first floor of the JB Morrell Library. Many books will also be available online as e-books. Look for the links in YorSearch, under the View It section of each book.

Shelf location Subject
A Philosophy
D Sociology
DA Social Policy
G Economics
H Politics
HA Public Adminstration
HB International Relations
J Law

eBook collections

Leftwich collection

Adrian Leftwich (1940-2013) was a Professor in the Department of Politics, and later research director of the University's Development Leadership Programme. He published many influential books, including States of Development: On the Primacy of Politics in Development (2000), Democracy and Development (1995), and Redefining Politics: People’s Nations and Power (1983).

This virtual bookshelf highlights his collection of books which were donated to the Library in 2013. The subject areas include sociology, South African politics (including Apartheid), political development, African history and Economic development.

To find all the items from this donated collection please see the Leftwich collection in YorSearch.

Journals & databases

All journal titles are listed on YorSearch, and can be found by searching the journal title.

If you don't have a specific title in mind, you can browse journals in your subject area on Browzine. Journals are organised by field of research, such as:

Bibliographic databases

To start a more detailed search for articles and other research evidence, you'll need to use online databases. These are collections of resources that allow you to search for articles from hundreds of different journals at the same time.

Freely available articles